1944 And All That

My brother and I tend to meet up two or three times a year to have a decent lunch and catch up on the events in our lives and those of our nearest and dearest.
Recently we lunched at the Royal Oak in Stambridge, Essex. We were discussing family history and wondered whether our parents would have been proud of us had they not died over seventy years ago. Our conclusion was that they would have been proud of us – particularly as we were enjoying hors d’oeuvres of pigeon’s breast with black pudding accompanied by a French Cabernet Sauvignon.
This conversation came back to me when I came across the attached photograph of West Ham Bus Garage in the aftermath of its bombing on 30th July 1944.Which was the same evening that a stray (!) bomb hit our house causing my brother and me (who were in a Morrison Shelter) to become orphans.
You do not have to be a fan of Dad’s Army to reflect on what would have happened had Great Britain lost the war. We would have become a colony of the Third Reich and our assets and resources would have been transferred to the centre on an ongoing basis – since the purpose of colonies is to produce wealth for the centre and not absorb the resources of the empire.
Flash forward seventy odd years and what do we have? We have assets and resources being transferred from Great Britain to the centre (now in Brussels) on an ongoing basis with very little influence on how they are managed and spent.
All of a sudden I see Brexit in a different light.

3 thoughts on “1944 And All That

  1. Well said! How very true and they say history never repeats itself. Unfortunately we have a weak leader who does not believe in a completely independent, resourceful United Kingdom but seems determined to keep this nation indefinitely under the thumb of unelected, tyrannical and arrogant bureaucrats in Brussels. The process is being elaborated disguised and presented as a means of separation with the distinct approval of and financially advantageous to the principal Commissioners in the European Union. Theresa May recently won a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons by 200 against 117 members of her own party.
    Heil Junker

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